Whilst we are all waiting to see how Arsenal moves next in our pursuit of a new incoming striker at the Emirates, Gunner’s legend Thierry Henry has raised a very good question as to whether we already have a capable striker at the club, just under a new formation.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for Bolton defender Rob Holding all summer and in fact I think he was the first player to have his name pulled out of the transfer rumour hat come the end of last season. Now it seems as if the story has developed one step further, with the local Bolton media reporting that Holding has undergone a medical with Arsenal.
Arsenal have already seemingly been linked with and then missed out on almost every forward that the football press can think of and as well as knowing that Arsene Wenger actually made a transfer bid big enough to activate the release clause of the Leicester City star Jamie Vardy, there must have been some truth to some of these Arsenal transfer rumours.
So with the Gunners still not having added a striker in this summer transfer window you would have to assume that the manager is getting a bit impatient. Perhaps a bit worried as well and the news from Italy reported by the Evening Standard that his latest transfer target Gonzalo Higuain is also being pursued by the Serie A champions Juventus will not help.
Arsenal have been linked with what seems to be every striker in Europe now and today’s piece comes from the Daily Telegraph who are reporting that Arsenal are hoping to grab the signing of Carlos Bacca. Arsenal are supposedly interested in speaking to AC Milan before West Ham make a deal for the frontman.
Carlos Bacca is a new name we can add to the list, joining the likes of Morata, Draxler, Lacazette and Higuain in being strikers that we are currently linked with, although the latter seems to be off limits now due to the increasingly high price it would take to sign the Argentinean. Instead Arsenal have supposedly turned their attention to another South American star Carlos Bacca, who is a full Columbian international and therefore a teammate of Arsenal man David Ospina.
In what will come as yet another blow to Arsenal, the Gunners target Julien Draxler will not be moving to London this summer, with his current side unwilling to let the German star go.
Over the past week or so rumours have increased on the Draxler to Arsenal transfer saga and as always Arsenal fans had begun to imagine life with Draxler at the club. The Gunners however are set to be let down once again this transfer window, as yet another target escapes from Arsene Wenger’s clutches. Arsenal have already missed out on the likes of Vardy, Mkhitaryan, Janssen and Morata and now it seems that Draxler is set to join as the latest player to NOT be signing for Arsenal this summer.
Arsenal fans have been on the other side of this sort of transfer situation, such as when the little boy inside our captain Robin van Persie piped up and told him to abandon the club that had nurtured him and stuck with him through all the injury hit years to go and grab some glory with Manchester United.
It was not nice and a lot of Arsenal fans thought Arsene Wenger was wrong to allow the transfer to happen but it was the only way to stop the Dutch striker leaving for nothing a year later and the manager knew that a player that does not want to be with a club can be more trouble than they are worth.
The Premier League season kicks off in exactly one months time, and we start our campaign with a home tie against Liverpool FC.
The last time the two teams met, it ended with a third equalising goal of the game scored bye Joe Allen, denying the Gunners the full three points they had been hoping for.
The Reds led twice during the first half, only for our side to level the scores four and six minutes later, in what was a highly intense and exciting match-up.
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Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger will have been very interested to hear the comments of the German club Wolfsburg’s sporting director this week, as Klaus Allofs dropped a big hint that the Bundesliga outfit will not be too resistant to the transfer of their Germany international star Julian Draxler to Arsenal.
As an Evening Standard report explains, Wolfsburg are not being their usual stubborn selves over this possible transfer and that should be very encouraging to Wenger who is said to be about to launch a transfer bid for the player he tried to sign before a couple of years ago from Schalke.
Arsenal have been linked with the possible transfer of the France international star Moussa Sissoko ever since he made his name as an exciting young midfielder for the Ligue 1 club Toulouse. The Arsenal transfer rumours kept coming after he signed for Newcastle United and quickly established himself as a Premier League star.
And because the Frenchman has made no secret of being an Arsenal fan since boyhood it was always thought that he would make the move to north London as long as Arsene Wenger wanted him in the Arsenal squad, so when the Magpies were relegated to the Championship at the end of last season the Gunners were reported as his most likely destination.
Without a shadow of a doubt, Arsenal need to sign a striker before the end of the transfer window to stand any chance of lifting the Premier League title next season. Earlier this month, Real Madrid announced that they had re-signed Juventus and Spain frontman Alvaro Morata. But, in a bizarre twist of events, the Spanish side have also revealed that they will consider offers from other clubs this summer – and the Gunners should be seriously contemplating a move for Morata in the coming weeks.